What To See At Each Stage of Movement DetroitArticle by: Adrian Spinelli
Wed May 20, 2015 | 00:00 AM
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, which means another edition of Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit's Hart Plaza is too. From May 23rd-25, Movement 2015, will see over 140 artists across 6 killer stages, with something for every head to bounce to. From Detroit legends like Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins to worldwide heavyweights like Disclosure and Richie Hawtin and even hip-hop stars like Method Man and Danny Brown, it's all comin' atcha at Movement. Here are our can't-miss highlights from each stage and more.
Saturday night's headliner on the Movement Stage is techno giant Richie Hawtin, who's a perfect fit to seal off the vibe of Movement Fest's opening night. The big draw on Sunday is Skrillex and Boyz Noise's new Dog Blood project and if it's anything like either of their individual sets, the visuals are gonna be just as memorable as the beats. But for us, it's Monday's lineup that's the most intriguing, with Classixx comin' with its chilled-out disco house at 6 pm and Griz playing his dub-step infused funk, before whatever surprise Snoop Dogg has in store for his DJ Snoopadelic close-out set.
Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) Stage
RBMA has a super eclectic line-up on deck throughout the weekend. Saturday's schedule is curated by Disclosure, who will close the evening with a 90-minute set and are even bringing Method Man along for the ride. Sunday has Detroit beatmaker Waajeed joining LA underground hip-hop legends People Under The Stairs, buzzed-about producer Hudson Mohawke and Detroit's reigning king of indie hip-hop, Danny Brown playing at 8 pm. All of this comes before Juan Atkins's Metroplex Records celebration of 30 years of Detroit techno, headlined by Atkins's closing set under his Model 500 alias. Monday's festival closing headliner is genre-bending-abstract-electronica heavyweight Squarepusher. Dayum RBMA Stage!
Dubfire's 90-minute set on Sunday will bring the same heat he gave to house music outfit Deep Dish for so many years, while Spanish tech-house DJ Paco Osuna is our call for Monday. The Beatport stage looks to bring deep house and techno vibes throughout the weekend; you can throw Tuskegee's Saturday night closing set into the "difficult decisions" pile.
Made in Detroit Stage presented by THUMP
Man...THUMP really brought it with its marvelously curated Made In Detroit Stage. Stacey Pullen and Carl Craig will pull out all the stops when they finish off the Detroit Love Showcase on Saturday. OG Movement producers Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May will make sure that the soul of Movement is felt all the way 'til the very end, as the duo closes the whole damn thang out on Monday night with nothing but the finest Detroit techno. This could easily be the highlight of the weekend.
And we'll admit, there's the softest of spots in our hearts for Ann Arbor's Ghostly International label – luckily, Sunday's Ghostly showcase is a whole day of goodness. Check out Shigeto's 4 pm live set, where he'll play his heart out on the drums while simultaneously live producing all of the accompanying sounds and music to go along with it. Heathered Pearls's ambient chill is a smooth way to start the day and the dude Matthew Dear (who else?!) will bring the house down for a finale on Sunday night.
A showcase of all-Detroit talent for ya mind!
This is a brand-new stage dedicated to some of the best Detroit-based up-and-comers. Drum and bass heads need to head over to the Konkrete Jungle Showcase on Saturday, while purists will dig Sunday's Detroit Techno Militia Showcase, which features the crew that's looking to "preserving the legacy of Detroit electronic music and its proliferation around the world."